2022 Press Releases

Sonoma Burn

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Aloha, Oregon, June 20, 2022 | On lap number five of the Sonoma Trans Am race last month, I felt some heat funneling in along my left hip.  But when you drive a Viper, cockpit heat is normal feature. I have dealt with it for years.   When you combine the heat of a 10-cylinder motor and side exhausts, you just learn to man up and tough it out with the heat.  In fact, I even incorporate heat training into my workouts.  Juggling in a sauna of 150- degrees for 30- minutes three times per week. I also have the best driver cooling system in the business from our friends at ChillOut Systems.  If you want to see a picture of the burn, you can click here (warning, it's not pretty).

Anyway, I just put my head down and finished the race.  It’s amazing how adrenaline certainly helps you overcome so many physical challenges.  Walking up to the podium, I could feel something was wrong.  But I just kept a smile on my face for the ceremonies and drank more of the champagne than normal which will turn out to be a good thing later.  Within a couple of hours, a blister the size of a cantaloupe developed on my hip.  Needless to say, the ten-hour drive back to Portland, Oregon from Sonoma wasn’t too fun.

Once home, I got medical treatment.  So, for seven weeks, I have seen a wound/burn specialist for treatment three-times per week. During this time, I battled an infection and had to get the burn debridement.  Yes, removing/scrapping the dead tissue from the burn.  Pain was pretty intense.  I have been so frustrated on how slowly burns heal.  I had no experience with any types of burns before.  And I have a whole new appreciation for anyone recovering from burns and getting back to their job. 

The cause of the burn was a few cracks on the driver’s side exhaust system. 

I only share my story so that people will learn.  I was wearing all the top-notch safety Nomex and driver’s suit.  I have the best crew in the business that give me a safe and fast bullet every weekend. So, things can still happen.

9 weeks later, I jumped back in the car for the first time.  Had to grit my teeth a little bit the first time I slid into my seat.  But from that point on, it was a back to business.


She's Back! Cindi Announces 2022 Schedule

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Aloha, Oregon, April 12, 2022 | Lux Performance Group has been gone from the National Trans Am by Pirelli championship since 2019 but that is all about to change. Two years racing around the West Coast is enough and Cindi Lux is ready to be back on the road. Competitors and fans of the 14-time road racing champion have been warned: Lux Performance Group is packing the overnight bag for a seven race national tour. The Aloha, Oregon driver will bring the No. 45 Black Rock Coffee Bar/Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper ACR-X "Coffee Machine" back onto the main stage in the SGT class with a second V10 American classic, the No. 35 Dodge Viper ACR-X, also fielded by Lux Performance Group for longtime client Dirk Leuenberger (Redmond, Washington). 

The fans will see the team start out the season with back-to-back races in California. They will compete at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (April 22 – 24), Sonoma Raceway (April 30 – May 1), the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (June 23 – 26), Road America (July 1 – 3), Watkins Glen International (September 7 – 11), VIRginia International Raceway (October 6 – 9) and the season-closing round at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), November 4 – 6. 

The Fred and Cindi Lux-owned operation has been off the national stage since 2019. Covid restrictions kept the Aloha, Oregon-based preparation shop from racing in 2020. In 2021, the veteran Viper program raced four times in the Trans Am West Coast Championship Presented by Pirelli with the two team cars capturing four pole positions, four wins, two second-places, one third-place finish, seven podiums and two track records. 

Think the team is a bunch of homers with provincial dominance? Think again. Since joining Trans Am in 2015, Lux Performance has won over 50 percent of the 30 races it has entered, racked-up 13 pole positions and six track records. Cindi Lux earned the TA3 Northern Cup SGT Championship in 2018.

With a 28-year pedigree of winning, Lux Performance Group will not only field the pair of Vipers in the SGT class, but the program will also oversee multiple SVRA entries as well. Beyond the car prep of some of the world’s most storied historic race cars, Cindi Lux brings her no-BS coaching style to maximize client performance behind the wheel of those vintage machines. 

Like Lux, longtime marketing partner Black Rock Coffee Bar continues to break into new markets around the country. The 12-year Black Rock-Lux partnership will again spread the “Fuel Your Story” philosophy into its second decade of collaboration and growth with motorsport as its message machine. 

Live coverage of every Trans Am race will be streamed to https://www.youtube.com/TheTransAmSeries/live. Tape delay broadcasts will be found on CBS Sports.

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Fred Lux, Principal/Head Creative Engineer, Lux Performance Group | "As we all know, Laguna Seca is Spanish for ‘Dry Lagoon’ and hopefully it will be refilled this race weekend with the tears of our competitors. Cindi has been training hard with her personal corkscrew… often two or three times daily."

Cindi Lux, Driver, No. 45 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper ACR-X Coffee Machine | "We gave everyone two years to race without us breathing down their necks. We have the oldest cars in our class and probably one of the few that still have a manual transmission. No paddle shifting for us. Old school, baby. However, that’s what I love about them. We just work hard to squeeze more speed out of them every year."